National Day of Prayer observed throughout Kentucky

By: Laura Beranek, Morgan Lentes Email
By: Laura Beranek, Morgan Lentes Email
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BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - This is the 63rd year for the National Day of Prayer event.

On Thursday in Hazard, dozens gathered at the amphitheater in town to listen to prayers and songs in honor of the Lord.

Community members said prayers for veterans, law enforcement, first responders and children.

Emily Hudson with the Perry County Ministerial Fellowship, which organized the event.

"It is just a blessing to be able to be able to participate, bringing people together, bringing God's people together to pray because we do that prayer will change things," said Hudson.

Several different churches participated.
The first Thursday of May is the National Day of Prayer

The day is an annual observance inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation.

Downtown Pineville was just one area folks gathered Thursday morning to pray.

"It's obvious with the state of our country and especially the state of this region that prayer is more important now than it's ever been," said Bell County Judge Executive Albey Brock, "So we hope to call attention that everybody needs to be praying."

Down the road, supporters gathered to begin a trip to the state's capital.

"This ride to Frankfort is to honor Frankfort," said Verlan Brock with "Let Our Children Pray", "It's not a ride against them to protest. It's a ride up there to support what they're doing and what Kentucky people stand for."

Organizers say they'll stop to pick up more supporters as they travel north to raise awareness about an issue close to their hearts.

"Let Our Children Pray" supporters to Frankfort, hoping their message spreads.

"We can take the keys to their car, but we are not going to allow them to take the key to heaven. And that's prayer," said Brock.

The group plans to put on a show in the Capitol, and allow folk to support the governments efforts to allow prayer in school.

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